The brain is the center of your thoughts, feelings, behaviors and movements. Injury to the brain can range from a mild concussion to a severe head injury.
Brain injuries are commonly caused by a blow to the head or a fall that shakes the brain and causes bruising, swelling or tearing of soft tissue. With rest, most people fully recover from a mild brain injury. But some people who have had severe or repeated brain injuries may have long-lasting problems with movement, learning or speaking.
It’s important to know the symptoms of brain injury. Tell your primary care physician or emergency personnel if you have experienced a head injury that results in two or more of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty remembering new information
- Headache, vision problems or dizziness
- Feeling sad, nervous or easily angered
- Sleeping more or less than usual
If you develop these symptoms at any time after a head injury – even much later – call your doctor.
Brain Injury Support Group
Many individuals with traumatic brain injuries find it helpful to participate in a support group with others who have had similar experiences. Parkview’s support group for those with brain injuries meets on the first Monday of each month. Search our calendar of events for meeting dates or contact our group facilitator, Kristin.Smith@parkview.com.
Healing from a brain injury? Know when to call your doctor.
Watch closely for changes in your health and be sure to contact your doctor if:
- Your symptoms get worse. Common symptoms include headaches, trouble concentrating or changes in your mood.
- You have been feeling sad, depressed, or hopeless, or have lost interest in things you usually enjoy.
- You do not get better as expected.